Killing continues in Syria despite cease fire and UN monitors' arrival

There are cracks all over the country in President Assad's adherence to the cease fire, but the situation in Homs is especially brutal. Bloomberg: Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shelled residential districts in the central city of Homs before United Nations military observers arrive in the country to monitor a cease-fire. Five people died in Homs today, including three killed during shelling, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement. Government forces and rebels clashed in the Aleppo area, where a police station was attacked with bombs, the U.K. based rights group said. Syrian forces killed 13 people today, Al Jazeera reported. The UN's 15-member Security Council voted unanimously yesterday to dispatch a first wave of monitors and urged Syria to "implement visibly its commitments" to a six-point cease- fire plan from UN special envoy Kofi Annan. A bigger mission will follow, if conditions allow it. The truce was already being tested as...(Read Full Post)